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    Question Using Articles

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    I read this article http://www.ufocasebook.com/onesmallword.html and I'm not sure about the usage of "a" in this sentence:
    Mr Fordís findings have been presented to Nasa officials in Washington and to a relieved Mr Armstrong

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    Re: Using Articles

    I would've rewritten the sentence as:

    Mr. Fordís findings have been presented to NASA officials in Washington to a relieved Neil Armstrong.


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    Re: Using Articles

    Welcome to the forum, PooMer.

    It's very common to use an article before a proper noun in this way when it is qualified by an adjective.

    'I was glad to have known the young Dawn French.'

    'We comforted the distraught Mrs Thompson.'

    'An outraged Wayne Rooney was furious at being sent off.'

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    Question Re: Using Articles

    Thank you for your reply.

    To be honest, I'm surprised by the phrase "very common".

    I've read that we don't use articles when the title and name is mentioned.

    According to your answer, is it correct/meaningful to say: "I sent some flowers to a sad Chandler"?
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    Re: Using Articles

    You're welcome. (You don't need to quote a reply when your response immediately follows it.)

    I've read that we don't use articles when the title and name is mentioned.
    Now you know that you can ignore what you have read about that. Here's another example of using an article before a title and name:

    BOSS: 'Have there been any calls for me while I was out?'

    SECRETARY: 'Yes — a Mr Chokespit called from Albania.'

    (The secretary had never heard of the guy and she didn't think the boss had, either. If she knew Mr Chokespit, she'd have left out 'a'.)

    "I sent some flowers to a sad Chandler" is fine.

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